GrainWaves

GrainWaves

The podcast offering real-time insights and analysis of grain markets, hosted by Indigo Ag's Rodney Connor and Gabe Sheets-Poling. Combined, the two have over 35 years of experience in agriculture and grain trading, with Rodney focusing on mathematics and Gabe on behavioral economics. Listen in as the two answer questions about volatility, long and short positions, and every bearish and bullish call in between – all brought to you by Indigo.

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April 6, 2021 33 min

Jason Wheeler, co-host of Elevator’s Cut and grain merchandising specialist at White Commercial, stops by to talk with Rodney on how a strong, local grain buyer can be so important to a town’s economy. When the buyer makes more money, the farmer makes more money, too. That may sound counterintuitive at first (but it's true!). 

 

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Kearney Klein knows carriers don’t want to spend more time sourcing loads. He knows farmers and grain buyers want faster access to freight, with more clarity around rates. He’s seen how the whole agricultural transport industry could benefit from a digital platform for managing business. That’s what he came to Indigo to build: a logistics network for the future. Hear what his team is working on, and how it connects to the Grain Mar...

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Welcome Aline Pezente, new co-host of GrainWaves, who talks with Rodney on how the business of grain merchandising is not a zero-sum game between growers and buyers. Both sides stand to be more profitable with an efficient, digital, and data-driven system.

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February 9, 2021 38 min

Whether or not a price is ever “good” depends on two factors, says Jake Mower, a data scientist working on the technology behind Indigo Marketplace: whether the outcome was good, and whether the decision-making process to get to that outcome was good. Frequently, those aspects are aligned, but it’s not always the case. How can you start thinking more specifically — about what’s a good price for you?

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January 27, 2021 34 min

From digital trading systems to artificial intelligence, AgYield has built a portfolio of powerful technology tools that simplify the grain marketing process for farmers. Their vision, when founding the company over a decade ago, was ahead of the industry. Now, they are on the cusp of agriculture’s digital evolution, offering a series of fully customizable farm revenue management programs, like managed pricing.

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Grain marketing specialist Thad England joins Rodney to talk end-of-year markets, and what growers should have in their plans heading into 2021. Plus: why do former seed salespeople make the best grain originators?

 

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As the South American export market has grown in importance over the last twenty years, so too has the region’s impact on futures prices. What details should you pay attention to as we head into 2021?

 

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December 14, 2020 4 min

Rodney walks through why the end-of-March planting intentions report from the USDA is the most important crop report of the year for domestic farmers.

 

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December 1, 2020 6 min

Will the use of blockchain and distributed ledgers fundamentally change how grain is traded? The short answer is no – but the the transparency these systems bring will be essential for food traceability.

 

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Find the three ways to "unwind" or settle a corn futures contract when the time comes.

 

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In the second part of our interview with farmer turned grain marketing advisor Dennis DeLaughter, we dig into the components of his "technical" system: how it rapidly identifies elevated risk, keeps farmers within the top 25% of the market price, and handles unexpected situations like derecho and COVID-19. Plus: Dennis discusses what strategies he has turned to more and more over the years, as well as the ones he has kept a...

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Rodney and Gabe walk through the challenges, and possible solutions for both growers and buyers when executing a cash spot grain contract.

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October 9, 2020 17 min

As 2020 harvest gets into full swing, Gabe and Rodney take a look at the market, and why $4 corn may not be as far away as it previously felt.

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After farming for forty years in Texas, Dennis DeLaughter sold his stake in the operation to focus solely on grain marketing. He had -- since 1981 -- been intrigued by the math behind market movements, and wanted to work harder on their unpredictability. Now, Dennis has built a grain marketing service for rice farmers, offered through Indigo's managed pricing program, that "talks the risk" in the futures and cash market...

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September 23, 2020 8 min

The earliest freeze of the past decade crept across North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Minnesota early this month. If you're staring down frost-bitten corn that hadn't reached black layer, follow these grain marketing tips to still turn a lower-quality crop into cash.

 

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September 18, 2020 20 min

 Gabe and Rodney cover how a diversity of perspectives enable innovation, within and outside of agriculture.

 

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September 11, 2020 27 min

Taking a break from the discussion around corn and beans, Gabe and Rodney head south to dive in to the most "political" of crops: rice. Hear from guest Sean Belmont, head of grain marketing at Indigo, for how rice farmers can work with Indigo to get past the liquidity and transparency challenges in what's primarily a cash market.

 

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Farming soybeans in Missouri? Gabe and Rodney have market insights to help know if you should sell into the current rally.

 

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Living in – or near – Dayton, Ohio, with a record harvest coming your way? There's an opportunity to make 30 cents more on each of those bushels. Take advantage of the spread with these next steps.

 

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Rising corn futures. Hurricane Laura. Networking at trade shows. At this year's Farm Journal Field Days, Gabe and Rodney take farmer questions.

 

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